Most anticipated albums of 2017

Most anticipated albums of 2017

2017 has been by far the busiest of years in the Nigerian music scene with artist of
different genres dropping hitsong after hitsongs to the delight of their teeming fans
and on the other hand pushing each other to do better (though most of them will say they
are not in competition). There were also new entries from young up coming artist as well
as come backs from some veterans.
Here we take a look at some of these artists albums/EP’s released in 2017,its still early
to say which one is by far the best in the year,but best believe that these albums
had fans on their feet waiting/begging for their release..
Amid much fan fare after the announcement of his deal with SONY RCA records,fans were
eager to see what the star boy boss dubbed “the young Fela” will come up with especially
knowing he may be working in an unfamiliar territory. With expectations high,wizzy didn’t
disapoint with the release of the project with star features coming from TY Dollar sign,
Trey songs, Major Lazer, Drake and Chris brown. The EP is definitely a success and puts
wizzy on the cusp of legendary status in the music scene.
D’banj “KINGDONCOME” (Album)
A definite come back from the afrobeat veteran who has been away for a while,Obviously the
album title says it all with the art cover depicting the “KOKO MASTER” On a throne surrounded by fire breathing dragons similar to the hit HBO series “GAME OF THRONES”, Some of the best hands were employed for the production of this album to make it a success including guest features such as Gucci mane, wande coal,Harry songs, South Africa’s Bussi swa. Dbanj is making a statement on this album and you all must listen..
After the release of her collaborative effort with Falz titled “Chemistry” the talented singer
have been on the rise with release of top charting singles the likes of “JOROMI” and “OWANBE” fans were left wondering what her next line of move will be in the year,until the announcement of her Debut album “simisola” This is by far her most exciting work in the industry and has defined her as a vocalist of the old art of soul music.
Following his controversial split from EME, fans were left wondering what is next on the pipe
line for the “shake body” crooner, fortunately for him a new label came calling in BASELINE
Records and that gave the singer a breathe of fresh air and brought about a Rebirth in the
artist and his music with charting singles and concerts,an album was next on the horizon, and to a large extent the singer didn’t disappoint with his “never say never guy”album which depicts his not giving up on his dreams of being a music star.
Dream Cover

Super star Disc jockey Dj spinall is already a house hold name with release of his first two
projects,eye brows were raised when the announcement of his new album Dreams was made and after two ear popping singles “Calm down” feat Mr. Eazi and “Olowo” feat Davido and wande coal dropped, expectations soared high,although the album itself wasn’t welcomed with much fan fare,its still another piece of work from the Dj.

After the split with Harry song and the accusations and counter accusations from both camps regarding source of their music which Harry song claims to be the brain behind some of 5 star music hit songs during his short stay with them. Fans were left waiting on Kcee’s next move,and with the announcement of his new album, fans were eager to see what the Veteran will come up with,clearly he has a statement to make and upon release of the album,he said he wopuld use funds from the album sale to fund his campaign to run for the Anambra State Governorship Post. At 19 (excluding 3 bonus tracks) tracks and some of the best hands on the production and features artistes,”Attention To Detail” is a statement album.
Jesse has found it real difficult to get away from the shadows of his elder brother MI since his
emergence with his first album “JAG OF ALL TRADE” in 2010. There is no doubting the young mans incredible talent,but there seems to be something always lacking which is clearly the respect or recognition he deserves. After a lengthy wait for this album,Jesse had true Hip Hop fans salivating on what to expect especially giving the some what depleted status of the Rap Genre in the music industry.On a larger scale,the album didn’t fare too well,but for hardcore Hip Hop and J.jag lovers,they sure loved it as it signals the creative rapper finally coming into his own.
Harry songz “KING MAKER” (Album)
Following his acrimonious exit from Kcee & E-Money 5 star music label, Harry songz embarked on his musical journey with the launch of his own imprint “ALTER PLATE MUSIC” with singles “samankwe” with dance hall king Timaya and the controversial “Arabanko” song.Harry still reminded fans of his highlife and dance hall strengths. With the release of his “king maker” album, Mr songz as he is fondly called is clearly enjoying his creative freedom and it will be interesting to see how he plays his way as an artist and label boss, but he wont be pushed out anytime soon.
Illbliss has been on the scene for more than a decade and is definitely one of the old heads in the rap game,call him an OG if you want,but Illbliss has paid his dues in the rap game and he is one to stick to the old Hip Hop culture of lyricism over commercialism although this album seemed like a rushed project to coincide with the birth of his Daughter,but even with 9 tracks,the veteran was still able to churn out definite rap bangers supported with the fans favorite “Fire works” and Album title track “Illybomaye” down to the advice song on “Be yourself” Illy has demonstrated his staying power and why he is much respected among his peers as well as the young talents.
In 2015,the young rapper burst on to the scene with his Patoranking supported single “Kondo” and made a bigger and bolder statement with his Hit song “JAGABAN” fans expectations hightened with the release of “OMO alhaji” and when we thought we have heard enough, the Tinny mafia hit us with his debut EP, at  8 tracks with some high profile features from Maleek berry and Reekado banks,Ycee seems like a definite stay in the industry,lets wait for the official album.
2017 couldn’t have started any better for the Mavins Diva with the release of her Afro pop tune “ALL OVER” and a smooth video to go with,she began teasing fans with footage of recording sessions on the Internet and snippets to new songs which led fans to suspect she is cooking up something pretty soon.And just when we thought we had her next move figured out,she dropped the EP like a grenade to the excitement of her fans and followers with crowd favorite Wizkid as the only featured artist on the infectious “MALO” she definitely Pulled her crowd with the appearance of star boy on the project, all in all,this project is a main stay in the game and further solidifies Tiwa’s stand in the Diva circle in the industry.
9ICE “ID CABASA” (Album)
He is another old head in the game with over a decades presence and several high profile albums and awards to his name, 9ice took something of sabbatical leave from the scene and ventured into politics and in that space,a lot of young cats took over. But 9ice in a twist made a swift come back and dare i say it could be the come back of the year,with the release of his controversial single “living things” 9ice quickly came back to the reckoning as fans and artist alike took notice of him and the song was an instant hit,with long time partner ID Cabasa on the album,it was a definite stand out project with fans once again enjoying the eccentric lyrics of old and dance-able tunes from 9ice.

2017 is definitely a break out year for a couple of artist and the “maradona” crooner is not left out,she’s been on a steady and upward rise in the new year with her new found fame and following the success of maradona and back to back headlining concerts,the singer dropped “sicker” which further declared her intentions of wanting a share of the pie with her peers in the scene. She has been teasing fans with the release of her debut album and upon release, Niniola didn’t disappoint on the project with some of the best hands on the production and guest features, “This is me” had fans filled with expectations on what the singer can offer on the album.
FALZ “27” (Album)
The rumor mill spilled into over drive when pictures of the number 27 started appearing on Falzs instagram page and fans and medias thought it could be an album release date,but to the surprise of every one,27 turned out to be the funny rappers third album title. Following the success of his singles “JEJE”,”something light” with YCEE, “Baby boy” and “la fete” amid high expectations,27 didn’t disappoint with some of the best hands and minds on the project, not to take away the rappers input as he is not one to be outshine on his tracks,just ask YCEE on Something light, 27 further underlines FALZ as a force to be reckoned with since his entrance into the scene.

2017 started on a bright note for the “johnny” singer as she has been dropping several hit songs all through the year,and getting more fan base across the nation and beyond. She has been teasing fans with the release of her official art cover of her yet to drop new album “BLACK MAGIC”, Yemi has been one to represent the African style and culture and we cant wait to see what she brings to her fans with her new album.

Swagalomo as he is fondly called has been in the game for quite a while dating back to the days of his “oleku” refix,over the years he has maintained a standard in the rap genre that sets him apart from fellow rappers who pursue more commercial sales than lyrical contents or quality, he is more known for promoting “afro trap” a sub genre of American rap known as trap music and in 2017 he has continued where he left off by dropping songs such as “No Favors” and “loving you”, after that he has dropped his soon to be released “High Star” album track list with some dope features and that has been wetting the appetite of Hip Hop fans as well as onlookers who are obviously expecting so much from this album.

The YBNL Boss has made it a habit to keep fans on their feet with his hit tunes year in year out, and 2017 is no exception with street favorite “WO” already a hit song, the rapper quickly surprised fans with the release of an album cover with new tracks. With the exception of “WO” no other song on the said track list has been heard or released as a single,fans are keeping their fingers crossed as to what to expect from this forthcoming project, but if there is one thing we have come to accept from Olamide,it is that he sure knows his trade well and has never disappointed on an album release.
Mister Incredible epitomises the genre of rap as far as the African continent is concerned,he has proven to all that rap music can be profitable and entertaining with his first album “Talk about it”,MI took Nigerian rap to a whole new level with his second album “MI2” and made a brief come back in 2014 with “the chairman” after which he announced he is taking a break from the rap game to focus on being a label boss at Chocolate city. The rap genre has suffered a great decline to the dissatisfaction of MI who recently dropped a new song aimed at rappers killing the genre according to him titled “You Rappers Should Fix up your life” and he intends to follow that with an album to make a swift come back in the game. Although there have been delays,cancellation and mix ups on the details of the album or its contents,all we can say is MI have announced the album title to be “Young Denzel” he once made an announcement via Twitter that his album is done,but till now we are yet to see the said album and
we are still waiting.

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